[Contest] PowerISO [Forum exclusive]

PowerISO is a powerful image file processing tool, which helps to open, extract, burn, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split and convert ISO files, and also mount ISO image files using virtual drive.

Following are the Main Features per the developer:

1. Support almost all CD/DVD-ROM image file formats (ISO, BIN, NRG, CDI, DAA and so on).
Note: DAA(Direct-Access-Archive) is an advanced format for image file, which supports some advanced features, such as compression, password protection, and splitting to multiple volumes. It can be handled directly just like other formats, such as ISO, BIN.
2. Open and extract ISO file. You can extract ISO file with a single click.
3. Burn ISO file to CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray disc. PowerISO is professional burning software. With this tool, you can create Audio CD, Data CD, Data DVD, Video DVD or VCD. PowerISO also supports Blu-Ray burning.
4. Burn Audio CD from MP3, FLAC, APE, WMA, or BIN files.
5. Rip Audio CD to MP3, FLAC, APE, WMA, or BIN files.
6. Create ISO file or BIN file from hard disk files or CD / DVD / BD discs.
7. Edit ISO image file directly.
8. Mount ISO file with internal virtual drive. PowerISO can mount all popular disc image files to built-in virtual drive.
9. Convert image files between ISO / BIN and other formats. PowerISO can not only convert BIN to ISO, but also convert almost all image file formats to standard ISO image file.
10. Create bootable USB drive. PowerISO allows you to setup Windows through USB drive.
11. Make bootable ISO file and create bootable CD, DVD disc.
12. Support both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.
13. Can be used easily. PowerISO supports shell integration, context menu, drag and drop, clipboard copy paste

It works with wide variety of image files such as BIN / CUE, DAA, UIF, DMG, MDF / MDS, ASHDISC, BWI / B5I, LCD, IMG, CDI, CIF, P01, PDI, NRG, NCD, PXI, GI, FCD, VCD, C2D, BIF and many more.

You can also use PowerISO for ripping Audio CD, making Audio Disc, and converting BIN images to ISO images.

You can also create bootable USB drives for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It supports USB-FDD, USB-ZIP, and USB-HDD.

It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit windows.

The interface is very smooth and has 7 skins to choose from. You can select any of the available 37 languages.

The interface window is made up of options: menu bar, operation bar, explorer bar, properties bar, etc. In the menu bar there are the File, View, Action, Tools, Options and Help menus. Almost all major options in here can be accessed from the interface toolbar.

Let me discuss various sections of PowerISO one-by-one

1. Create New Image File
Using this option you can create a new image file. By default the image file is saved as .DAA file. Alternatively you could choose the image format to save. You can also Drag files or folders from Windows Explorer to PowerISO, rather than using the New option from the interface. You can also create a bootable ISO image file (please note that you would have to provide the boot information to create a bootable disc). It allows to create 8 different image files as shown below:

2. Edit Image Files
Using this option you can edit your image files thereby, Add Files or Foldes, Delete Files or Folders, Rename files, Create New Folder and Change Label.

3. Burn Image File
Using this option you can use the built-in CD / DVD burning engine to burn your image files to disc. It also support two erasing modes for rewritable discs: Full Erasing and Quick Erasing. For the burnn option you can select the burning speed as well as opt for “Verify written data” to verify the data after burning.

4. Create Encrypted or Multiple Volumes and Compress Image File
Using this option you can enable encryption for already existing image file, or for a new image file. Also you can go for splitting to multiple volumes by selecting “Split to multi-volumes” option. By using the Compress option you can compress an existing image file. Please note that for encrypted or multiple volume image file, you need to save the file in DAA format.

5. Audio CD ripping
Using this option you can rip audio CD to mp3, wma, wav, flac and ape files. Additionally you can rip audio CD to bin / cue, mp3 / cue, wma / cue, wav / cue, flac / cue and ape / cue audio image files.

Strong Points:
1. Quick and easy installation.
2. Supports shell integration, context menu.
3. Ability to Auto start & Auto Mount virtual drives on boot.
4. Supports 28 different image types.
5. Supports up to 23 virtual Drives.
6. Multi-lingual with 37 languages.
7. Supports Apple, XBOX, ISOs and UDF formats.
8. Very low on system resources: CPU, RAM.

As a caution please note that the setup has pre-checked AVG Security Toolbar Installation. So remember to uncheck it if you don’t want to use it.

Conclusion
PowerISO is an all-in-one solution as it incorporates ISO creator, ISO editor, ISO extractor, ISO converter, ISO burner, virtual drive, CD burner, DVD burner, BD burner, audio burner, audio ripper and video burner. You can do almost everything with your ISO files and disc image files using it. However I would appreciate if the developer could extend the functionality supporting more file formats to save the image file as currently it only supports ISO, BIN and DAA.

Reviewer: Grr

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